This 4 song EP has got me hooked and caught in repeat mode, can’t wait for the full length here in a few weeks.
Steely Dan’s “Black Cow”
Saturday May 4th: Now,Now @ Silver Platters
Monday May 6th: Cloud Cult @ the Neptune
Saturday May 11th: Laura Stevenson & Seapony @ the Sunset
Saturday May 11th: Infamous Stringdusters @ the Neptune
Sunday May 12th: Kurt Vile @ Neumos
Tuesday May 14th: Of Monsters and Men @ the Paramount
Wednesday May 15th: Jim James @ the Neptune
Wednesday May 15th: Laura Marling @ Columbia City Theater
Thursday May 16th: Daughter @ Neumos
Thursday May 16th: Cold War Kids @ the Neptune
Thursday May 16th: The Milk Carton Kids @ the Tractor Tavern
Friday May 17th: Beat Connection @ Neumos
Friday May 17th: Pokey Lafarge @ the Tractor Tavern
Thursday May 23rd: Jeffrey Martin @ Treehouse Cafe
Sunday May 26th: Pacific Air @ the Sunset
Friday May 31st: Foals & Surfer Blood @ the Neptune
What’s it been like to have collaborated with such a strong, deep, and diversified arsenal of featured artists on your songs?
It was such a rewarding experience to have people that I respect so much singing with me. It was always the plan to have lots of collaborations on this record. I had done my first two EPs in total solitude with no outside help pretty much, so it was a very different vibe having all the guests on there, and I’m glad that you call them diverse, because I hate the notion of being constrained to any one genre so to have people from all corners of the musical spectrum was very important.
How would you describe the reception of your music to your home stomping grounds in the UK as opposed to the US…and how much bigger can the electro-synth-pop revolution grow?
I think that I get a better reception in the US and I think there is a general excitement for the kind of music that I’m doing in the States where in the UK if you don’t have a guitar you are kind of an outcast straight away. I think it’s something to do with the strong history of dance music – people assume that because I’m an electronic musician that I fit into the dance scene, which is not the case at all. All this stuff goes around in cycles though – Electronic music is in the forefront right now, and long may it stay!
When I listen to your music I tend to squint my face in a flex, bobble my head a bit, and air vocal some unbeknownst lyrics (more just some variations of ooos and ahhs)…what is this that I’m experiencing…what type of overarching feeling do you try and send with your music?
I like your description very much – that’s kind of ideal! I just write what come naturally though, and I don’t think I tend to think too much about what I want to convey. Over-thinking is a dangerous thing. There are certain songs that I try very hard to make people dance to – and that is not an easy thing to pin down. Some beats just make you want to move, and i have never really worked out what the secret to that is!
On a similar note, is it also appropriate or even encouraged to to pretend I’m in Miami Vice while I listen to your music?
Completely appropriate! But I think i would rather you pretend you are in Knight Rider cruising in ‘KIT’.
What’s on the docket for this coming spring/summer, are you hitting any festival circuits?
Doing some festivals around Europe mostly. Making another trip to New York in June too. Other than that I’m going to do a lot of writing. I work better in the summer when the days are long and the nights are short.
Damn this song is hot fire (even without featuring Dylan Dylan Dylan)!!! Daft Punk ft. Pharrell can you think of a more lethal combo…plus sprinkle in a little dosage of funkafied vibes of Nile Rodgers (no it’s not Rick James). I can’t get sick of this song…
The density of high quality music that has erupted out of Iceland is truly amazing. Jónsi (front man of Sigur Rós) is in my eyes the staple figure in bringing the Icelandic music scene to an international level. Both Jónsi and Sigur Rós’s work is truly mesmorizing, majestic, and like nothing you’ve ever heard before.